You may very well remember that the Pretoria branch of 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day did their bit of ‘warming the nation’ on Thursday, 13 July 2017.
We managed to gather at three different ‘hotspots’ across the city and decorated trees, fences, lampposts and more with bright and beautiful scarves.
The project was kept a secret until the day and is aptly called the ‘Secret Scarf Shhh…-mission’ or #SSS. The teams gathered in Sinoville, Mabopane and Hazeldean to do their thing and around 160 scarves were handed out to residents.
Thanks to generous donations from Vaheeda Hassan (Sinoville Fabrics) and Adri de Swardt from Zambesi Retirement Village, our local knitwits (Zambesi Retirement Village, Thlokomelang Community Centre) were able to create the most wonderful scarves in vibrant colours to share with the cold and lonely in our community.
You can read the article in Rekord Noord here.
If you would like to be part of this amazing initiative or if you can contribute to our cause by donating wool or funds for wool purchases, please complete the contact form below and we will be in touch. Note that ‘scrap wool’, left over from your own projects is more than welcome. Let us know if you have some.
For more information, visit 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela’s website.
Let’s talk Secret Scarf Shhh…. Mission now!
Time is running out, knitwits and wooligans!! We need your scarves by the end of June.
If you haven’t yet started to knit or crochet your little gift of love and warmth, please do so ASAP!! Remember, if you can’t knit or crochet, you can always sponsor a craft-wise friend or family member. There is NO SHAME in NOT being handy with the crochet needle!! Just corner your friend, purchase some Charity Wool and set him/her to work. Easy….and you will do your share to keep the people of South Africa nice and cozy this winter.
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!!YOUR GIFT WILL CHANGE A LIFE!!
ATTENTION ALL #KNITWITS AND #WOOLIGANS!!!
The #SSS (Secret Scarf Shhh….Mission) is drawing closer. Have you started crocheting or knitting your contribution to this cause yet?
Our annual #SSS will take place on 13 July 2017 at 15:00 (3pm). 67 Blankets ambassadors from all over South Africa will summon their volunteers and gather their donated scarves. They will select an area or areas in their towns or cities where people are especially destitute. On 13 July at 3pm, they will gather at a specific point in that area to distribute their collection of scarves among the people as they come home from work.
Image via showme.co.za [Scarve drive in East London – July 2017]
You must keep your eyes peeled, for the country will suddenly be painted all colours of the rainbow. Poles and fences will sprout bright woollen scarves and trees will bear scarf-fruit. Attached to each one will be a personal message from @67Blankets in the language of the area.
To make all this happen, we will obviously need more scarves. You can therefore be of enormous help if you get involved. Whether you donate one scarf or 20, it doesn’t matter. What matters is that your scarf will be a gift to someone who desperately needs to keep warm. Your scarf will show a person that there are actually still people in the world who care about their fellow human beings.
Cannot knit or crochet? No problem. You can donate towards the cause (funds or wool) or you can sponsor a friend or family member who can knit or crochet by purchasing their wool.
Just to encourage you more, I am sharing another scarf pattern today. It may not be such a warm scarf, but when made with thicker wool, perhaps it will do the job.
I give you: The Island Lace Crochet Scarf. Find the pattern here: bit.ly/2t4Olnt
REMEMBER: Get in touch or just comment on this post if you wish to donate or become more involved with the project. Or simply complete the contact form at the bottom of this post.
To find your local ambassador please visit: www.67blankets.com